SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board has authorized $74,000 in engineering studies to be conducted this year for three major road repairs expected in 2014 that will be funded in part by a federal grant.
Village Engineer Pat Barker, of Robinson Engineering, presented three road repair projects to the board Monday. Each project requires an engineering study this year in order to be under construction in 2014.
The board authorized the use of state-provided motor fuel tax funds to pay for the engineering studies to be conducted this spring and summer.
“These projects will go through the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association,” Barker told the board. “They will be part of the work done by a federal grant that the SSMMA controls.”
Barker said 80 percent of the construction cost for each project will be paid for by the federal grant.
The first engineering study is for road repairs on Cottage Grove Avenue, from U.S. 6 to 154th Street. The cost of the engineering study is $36,000. The second study is for repairs to 154th Street, from State Street to Ninth Avenue. The cost of that study is $20,000. The third and final study is for repairs on Vincennes Road, from U.S. 6 to Old Vincennes Road. The cost of that engineering study is $18,000.
All three resolutions were unanimously adopted.
“On behalf of the board, we would like to thank Robinson Engineering for securing federal funds to help pay for the cost of these projects,” Village President Don De Graff said. “Our engineering firm has done a great job of making sure we secure our fair share of grant money available in the south suburbs.”
The board also approved a Class 8 tax incentive extension for Bravo Paving, 17075 Westview Ave.
Bravo Painting originally acquired a Class 8 tax incentive in July 2002. The incentive is now expiring, and the business requested the extension.
“In these tough economic times, we need to help our businesses wherever we can,” De Graff said. “This incentive will help Bravo stay afloat, and keep the business and the jobs in our village.”